Val Garland’s Very “Now” Take On Punk
Makeup artist Val Garland’s palette may have been limited to black and white in Nick Knight’s “Refined Rebel” story in this month’s issue of Vogue U.K., but that certainly didn’t impede her creative capabilities. “The inspiration for the makeup comes from the idea of mixing up trends—a bit Penelope Tree with a bit of Siouxsie from the Banshees,” Garland explained of the pallid complexion and four different avant-garde eyeliner jobs she whipped up for the occasion. “Mixed together, they aren’t sixties or seventies, but a very ‘now’ take on punk.” To get model Raquel Zimmermann’s complexion a paler shade of porcelain, Garland doubled up on Chanel—priming the skin with its Base Lumière illuminating makeup primer and then topping that off with its Vitalumière foundation in sand. She lightened Zimmermann’s pout with Rouge Dior in Baiser 361—the softest of pink lipsticks—layered under a translucent powder for a matte finish. As for those artful strokes of pigment around the lash lines, “I went straight to a MAC liner brush and its Fluidline liner because they are easy to use and control,” Garland said. “For some of the shots, I added Swarovski rhinestones applied with a little eyelash glue. The eye makeup is a statement in itself, so mascara wasn’t essential.” For her next trick, Garland totally obscured Zimmerman’s brows. With a nod to the Spring catwalks (think Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent), arches were bleached, toned, and concealed using a brow wax by Screenface cosmetics. It’s a shame this editorial wasn’t in the glossy’s October book to better broaden our Halloween makeup horizons. Oh well, there’s always next year.
Photo: Nick Knight for Vogue U.K., November 2010